Open Door Metropolitan Community Church

Open Door Metropolitan Community Church In the spirit of having “open minds, open hearts, and open doors," we always seek ways to acknowledge and honor the presence of the Christ in every person.
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Knowing we are beloved. Connecting to life. Sharing our peace. Sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter, by emailing: [email protected]. The goal of the Open Door MCC community is to provide a welcoming and affirming spiritual home to all of God’s children across sexuality and gender identity through social justice activity, community building, and bible study so that we know our divine worth, deepen our relationship to self, other, and God, and share our peace with the world. We believe in the bible's message that God loves us all unconditionally, just as we are. We celebrate the knowledge that we can be Christian and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. We believe that the life and teachings of Jesus are relevant in today's world and help us live with hope and dignity during uncertain times and in an unjust world. It is through the witness and ministry of Jesus Christ that we find healing, comfort, and challenge. Gospel: We are each deeply beloved by God as we are. Namaste: We believe that each of us embodies and reflects the presence of God. Ephphatha: We commit to opening doors to one another across our differences. Pentecost: We affirm a variety of spiritual paths and expressions. Emmanuel: We understand that we must act on these truths to make change in the world. MCC was founded in 1968 in response to the need for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and our allies to gather for worship as fully welcome and celebrated people of faith. We meet regularly on Sunday mornings for fellowship, discussion, praise, and communion. E-mail Rev. Miller Hoffman at [email protected] or call 607-232-0463. Peace.

Mission: Our Value Statement We believe that we are called to be the proud, humble, true, and free witness of God's love. We believe in the gift of God's grace for all. We believe that we are called to be openly welcoming to all. We believe that our community of faith is a family of choice. We believe in the divine connection of souls.

02/24/2020

This year ODMCC will again begin our Lenten observance with the Ash Wednesday Worship with Trinity UMC and Seneca Vally UCC, February 26 at 7:30pm (13421 Clopper Rd, Germantown, MD). On Sunday we were encouraged to think about our preparation for this year's observance. Rev. Jill gave two messages to help. Listen to “A Future with Hope”, and lesson two, “Get Ready, Get Set, LENT!” (11'06 on the recording) now at: https://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

02/18/2020

"Following God's Path." was the theme this past Sunday as Pastor Jill McCrory and Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson tag-teamed the pulpit around the topic. Listen to the two messages; 1: "Show Us the Path" by Rev. Jill, and message 2: "Navigating the Path" (16'34 on the recording) by Rev Dwayne, now at: https://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Sunday Worship -- February 16, 2020. 10:00amJoin us tomorrow as Pastor Jill and Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson tag-team the p...
02/15/2020

Sunday Worship -- February 16, 2020. 10:00am

Join us tomorrow as Pastor Jill and Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson tag-team the pulpit around the topic of following God's path. How do we know where God is leading and once on the right path, how do we navigate through our journey?

Psalm 25:1-6 Show Us the Path
Proverbs 3:5-10 Navigating the Path

02/11/2020

"Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (NRSV) This past Sunday Rev. Jill unpacked these words, that are recited daily, to consider what "your will be done" is about. Listen to message 1: "Thy Will Be Done: Consequences or Will?" and message 2: "What is God's Will?" (16'34 on the recording) now at: https://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

What do we mean when we talk about God's will? Do we think that God's will just "happens" or do we think we have a part ...
02/08/2020

What do we mean when we talk about God's will? Do we think that God's will just "happens" or do we think we have a part in it? Does our free will include the ability to choose what is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:2)?

And what happens when we choose what is not good, acceptable, and perfect? What then?

Join us Sunday, at 10a, as we unpack these words and consider what "your will be done" is about.

02/02/2020

"Joy in troubled times" was the theme of Sunday's sermon. Rev. Jill writes, "No matter who we are, we face difficulties, daily. How do we cope? How do we recognize hope and possibility in the face of troubled times? That is the question that our verses in Habakkuk (3:17-19a) and John (15:4,7,11) address". Listen to Rev. Jill's messages: (1) "When Trouble Hits", and (2) "Abiding" (10'28 on the recording), now at: https://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

This week, at our 10a service, we looked at how daunting change can be and what we must remember when facing great chang...
01/27/2020

This week, at our 10a service, we looked at how daunting change can be and what we must remember when facing great change. In Judges 6:11-16 and 7:2-9 we read about Gideon and learn what it means to know that God is present in our lives.

Listen to Rev, Jill's messages: "The Call of Gideon" 1- "I'm Too Weak to Do It Lord", and Message 2- "We are Too Few to Do It Lord", (10'48 on the recording). Listen to both messages now at: http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Yes, it really is 2020!  As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are com...
01/23/2020

Yes, it really is 2020! As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are coming our way. The one constant (besides change) is the love of God, and the presence in our life of Jesus. This week, at our 10a service, we will look at how daunting change can be and what we must remember when facing great change. We want to welcome everyone to join us - whether you're a new visitor, a "regular" or a "returner", and help us all to make change happen for Open Door. Please also plan to stay after service to talk with Pastor Jill and share companionship during our hospitality time.

01/20/2020

Sunday's service theme continued with Jesus leaving the Jordan river, the site of his baptism, and going into the wilderness. Rev. Jill led in a look at the 40th chapter of Isaiah and the prophet's words to the people about comfort and preparing a way in the wilderness.

Listen to "Jesus into the Wilderness", Message 1- "ALL means ALL", and Message 2- "Led into the Wilderness", (9'21 on the recording). Listen to both messages now at: http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Yes, it really is 2020!  As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are com...
01/18/2020

Yes, it really is 2020! As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are coming our way. The one constant (besides change) is the love of God, and the presence in our life of Jesus.

This week we will hear about Jesus' wilderness journey. We want to welcome everyone to join us - whether you're a new visitor, a "regular" or a "returner", and help us all to make change happen for Open Door. Please also plan to stay after service to talk with Pastor Jill and share companionship during our hospitality time.

01/13/2020

Rev. Jill McCrory presented her second service in her "return engagement" as our new Interim Pastor at Open Door!

Rev. Jill's sermon this week "Jesus Baptized", is again in two parts; Message 1: "I Have Called You By Name", and Message 2: "This is My Child, with Whom I'm Well Pleased". (10'20 on the recording). Listen to both messages now at: http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Celebrating the baptism of Jesus. Remember your baptism.
01/12/2020

Celebrating the baptism of Jesus. Remember your baptism.

As this Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, all food pantry donations will be shared with the county program, Uppe...
01/11/2020

As this Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, all food pantry donations will be shared with the county program, Upper Western Montgomery HELP. WUMCO Help, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quick and friendly assistance to needy persons in Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville, Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds,Dickerson and surrounding areas) in times of crisis.

It provides emergency help with rent and mortgage, medical expenses, utilities, car repairs, transportation, prescription medicine and limited childcare subsidies. It operates a holiday basket and toy program in the area. It also coordinates a paratransit type bus service for seniors and disabled in the area. Please place your pantry donation in the basket at the front door so it can be added to the good work at HELP.
http://www.wumcohelp.org/

Yes, it really is 2020!  As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are com...
01/11/2020

Yes, it really is 2020! As the weather veers from mild to crazy cold, it's time to think about the changes that are coming our way. The one constant (besides change) is the love of God, and the presence in our life of Jesus. This week we will hear about the baptism of Christ. We want to welcome everyone to join us for service at 10 am - whether you're a new visitor, a "regular" or a "returner", and help us all to make change happen for Open Door. Please also plan to stay after service to talk with Rev. Jill and share companionship during our hospitality time.

01/06/2020

This Sunday we welcomed Rev. Jill McCrory for a "return engagement" as our new Interim Pastor at Open Door! For those of us with long memories - Rev. Jill served as our intentional interim during one transition period, which ultimately led to our selection of a permanent pastor. For those of us with even longer memories, she served as part of a team that "bridged the gap" before an even earlier permanent pastor began at Open Door!

Rev. Jill knows Open Door, and has been a significant part of our history. Now she will help us move into the future - together.

Rev. Jill's Sermon this week is in two parts; Message 1: "The Work of Christmas", and Message 2: "What's Next?"(11:05 on the recording). http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to 2020!  We hope that everyone had a safe and fun holiday season - and kept the birth of our Savior in their he...
01/04/2020

Welcome to 2020! We hope that everyone had a safe and fun holiday season - and kept the birth of our Savior in their hearts and thoughts. Just when you thought that Christmas was over, though....remember that this Sunday is actually the 12th day of Christmas. Rev. Jill will be sharing with us the "Work of Christmas". Come meet our new Pastor, see the changes for 2020, and share your thoughts and ideas about how we move forward together. Please also plan to stay after service (10:00 am) to talk with Rev. Jill and share companionship during our hospitality time.

Jesus came to bring love to all, the world over. The birth of Jesus made love available in a manner that surpasses all t...
12/23/2019

Jesus came to bring love to all, the world over. The birth of Jesus made love available in a manner that surpasses all that came before or since. There is none that equals Jesus' love. Listen to Rev. Wendy deliver the sermon of this, the fourth Sunday of the Advent season, "Jesus Is Love."
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, 2019.  Hopefully you're all prepared for the Big Day, and are now able...
12/21/2019

Welcome to the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, 2019. Hopefully you're all prepared for the Big Day, and are now able to relax and enjoy the decorations and the spiritual reason for our holiday. The final chapter in our December Advent theme is "Jesus, Our Love". Rev. Wendy will deliver our sermon. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting. See you then!

Opening Prayer -God of Life and Joy, on this third Sunday of Advent we joyfully celebrate your certain promise of the ne...
12/16/2019

Opening Prayer -
God of Life and Joy, on this third Sunday of Advent we joyfully celebrate your certain promise of the new world to come. We rejoice in anticipation of your servant Isaiah's vision that calls for wasteland to be turned into fruitful and blossoming land. We shout for joy, exalting you with all your heart. For "we shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Help us prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, our Lord, the light of the world. Illuminate our waiting and watching, our praying, thinking and our acting with the light of the gospel so that we may produce the fruit of patience. We need the spirit of patience in our lives, the spiritual source of all joyful hope.
O God, giver of inexplicable joy, bless the church of Christ that we may celebrate aright the incarnation of your love in the person of Jesus. May the whole world recognize the healing and saving ministry of Christ through us as we reach out to a world filled with dark shadows. Amen

Listen as Rev. Wendy delivers the third sermon of the Advent season, "Jesus, Our Peace."
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

12/15/2019

Keep in mind, that as we are in the season of potentially bad weather, that our policy is to follow the guidelines set by Montgomery County/Montgomery County Public Schools. If they say that “community activities” are cancelled due to weather – then ours are as well.
https://www.opendoormcc.org/community/inclement_weather.html

Welcome to the Third Sunday of Advent.  The calendar ticks closer and closer to the Big Day!!  Are you prepared? Whether...
12/14/2019

Welcome to the Third Sunday of Advent. The calendar ticks closer and closer to the Big Day!! Are you prepared? Whether or not you're ready, come hear the next in our December theme on the coming of Jesus during this time of anticipation. Rev. Wendy will deliver our sermon. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting. See you then!

Jesus came to bring Peace on Earth and goodwill towards mankind. To calm storms and quiet seas. To soothe minds and save...
12/09/2019

Jesus came to bring Peace on Earth and goodwill towards mankind. To calm storms and quiet seas. To soothe minds and save souls. The birth of Jesus made Peace available in a manner that surpasses all understanding and we are all the spiritual beneficiaries of this benevolent Grace.
Listen to Rev. Wendy deliver the second sermon of the Advent season, "Jesus, Our Peace."
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent.  Have you recovered from your celebration of the beginning of the new liturgical...
12/07/2019

Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent. Have you recovered from your celebration of the beginning of the new liturgical year? Either way, come at 10a to hear the next in our December theme on the coming of Jesus during this time of anticipation. Come hear Rev. Wendy deliver our sermon. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting.

On this First Sunday of Advent, December 1, which is also World Aids Day, we come to the beginning of a new liturgical y...
12/03/2019

On this First Sunday of Advent, December 1, which is also World Aids Day, we come to the beginning of a new liturgical year for the church and a new theme for the month of December, All Jesus - All The Time. Listen to Rev. Wendy deliver the sermon, "Jesus, Our Hope," at: http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm,

Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new liturgical year for the church.!  We have a new theme ...
11/30/2019

Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new liturgical year for the church.! We have a new theme for our new month, season and year - and it will be All Jesus, all the time - as we anticipate the arrival of our savior. Come hear Rev. Wendy deliver our sermon. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting and the Congregational Meeting! See you then

On the twenty-sixth Sunday of Pride, we wrap up the November theme - new beginnings and new journeys - with a discussion...
11/26/2019

On the twenty-sixth Sunday of Pride, we wrap up the November theme - new beginnings and new journeys - with a discussion of "Peace for the Journey". We use this lesson and the three previous as we enter our next time of change. Rev. Wendy returned from the campaign trail to deliver our sermon. Listen now at: http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to the twenty-sixth Sunday of Pride!  We wrap up the November theme - new beginnings and new journeys - with a d...
11/24/2019

Welcome to the twenty-sixth Sunday of Pride! We wrap up the November theme - new beginnings and new journeys - with a discussion of Peace for the Journey. We all know that change is the only constant - even here at Open Door. Use these lessons as we enter this next time of change. Rev. Wendy will be returning from the campaign trail to deliver our sermon. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting and the Congregational Meeting! See you then

Welcome to the twenty-fifth Sunday of Pride!  November's theme - new beginnings and new journeys - continues this week w...
11/19/2019

Welcome to the twenty-fifth Sunday of Pride! November's theme - new beginnings and new journeys - continues this week with a focus on the courage needed to cope with times of change. We are entering a new time of change for Open Door, so these lessons will be helpful to us right away! The sermon this week was preached by our own Curt Judd.
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

11/16/2019

Welcome to the twenty-fifthSunday of Pride! November's theme - new beginnings and new journeys - continues this week with a focus on the courage needed to cope with times of change. We are entering a new time of change for Open Door, so these lessons will be helpful to us right away! The sermon this week will be offered by our own Curt Judd. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting and the Congregational Meeting! See you then

11/12/2019

It takes a large measure of faith to step out into unknown territory. Dr. Martin Luther King once said "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

It also takes wisdom, courage and ultimately a sense of peace to believe that eventually the destination will be discovered.

Rev. Wendy delivered the second sermon, "Wisdom for the Journey," of November's theme, New Beginnings and New Journeys, with inspirational stories and lessons about preparing for and thriving in times of change.
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to the twenty-fourth Sunday of Pride!  November's theme - new beginnings and new journeys - continues with inspi...
11/09/2019

Welcome to the twenty-fourth Sunday of Pride! November's theme - new beginnings and new journeys - continues with inspirational stories and lessons about preparing for and thriving in times of change. We are entering a new time of change for Open Door, so these lessons will be helpful to us right away! Come in and hear Rev. Wendy preach. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting See you then!

11/06/2019

Montgomery County Interfaith Works Congregational Meeting - November 7th
Open Door participates in this organization, which brings together groups within Montgomery County from many different faiths to recognize and celebrate those elements of our faith traditions that we all share. Peace, love, hope, joy. This is a celebration of those shared values - and a way to build a strong and equitable community for us all.

Date - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Time - 6:30 to 8:30PM
Location - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Washington DC Temple Visitors Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington MD 20895

If you'd like to attend, please use the following link to RSVP

Interfaith Congregational Meeting

11/04/2019

It is a time for new beginnings! Our theme for November will be new beginnings, new journeys! Our month will be a study and preparation and a gathering of what we will need for our journeys, starting with "Faith For the Journey." Also, in the coming weeks we will gather Wisdom, Courage, and finally, Peace, for our journeys. You can hear Sunday's first in this series by Rev. Wendy now on our Website at:
http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

Welcome to the twenty-third Sunday of Pride!  We begin another month with a new theme - new beginnings and new journeys....
11/02/2019

Welcome to the twenty-third Sunday of Pride! We begin another month with a new theme - new beginnings and new journeys. As we enter the next period of changes for Open Door, this theme will help us prepare Come in and hear Rev. Wendy preach. Be sure to stay after for hospitality and connecting See you then!

10/29/2019

For the past three weeks we have been digging deeply into the Names of God and how our relationship can be strengthened with this knowledge. To know intimately is to know them by name. God is:

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Elohim (God)
Qanna (Jealous)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Each description, each meaning tells us more and about the nature of who God is and wants to be to us. This past Sunday we wrapped up the series with a talk about the Power of God that is available through these names.

Listen to all three sermons, "The Names of God - The Names," "The Names of God - The Meanings," and "The Names of God - The Power," now at http://www.opendoormcc.org/sermons/sermons.htm

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Knowing we are beloved. Connecting to life. Sharing our peace. Sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter, by emailing: [email protected]. The goal of the Open Door MCC community is to provide a welcoming and affirming spiritual home to all of God’s children across sexuality and gender identity through social justice activity, community building, and bible study so that we know our divine worth, deepen our relationship to self, other, and God, and share our peace with the world. We believe in the bible's message that God loves us all unconditionally, just as we are. We celebrate the knowledge that we can be Christian and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. We believe that the life and teachings of Jesus are relevant in today's world and help us live with hope and dignity during uncertain times and in an unjust world. It is through the witness and ministry of Jesus Christ that we find healing, comfort, and challenge. Gospel: We are each deeply beloved by God as we are. Namaste: We believe that each of us embodies and reflects the presence of God. Ephphatha: We commit to opening doors to one another across our differences. Pentecost: We affirm a variety of spiritual paths and expressions. Emmanuel: We understand that we must act on these truths to make change in the world. MCC was founded in 1968 in response to the need for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and our allies to gather for worship as fully welcome and celebrated people of faith. We meet regularly on Sunday mornings for fellowship, discussion, praise, and communion. E-mail Rev. Wendy Hamilton at [email protected] or call 301-916-5777. Peace.

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Found this pic of Amy! ODMCC 20Mar2017
Happy Anniversary, ODMCC! Had I known, I'd have tried to attend the service. I first showed up in 1987-ish (about the time the building was dedicated by Troy Perry). ODMCC has always been a loving, serving, and celebratory community of Christ. Here's wishing you 36 more years, times 7!
Congratulations Open Door Metropolitan Community Church! Happy 36th Anniversary from New Light Metropolitan Community Church.
Hey y'all! Going to be stateside in September and going to drop in for a visit on Sunday, 2 September. Looking forward to seeing faces I know and meeting the new ones there too! I think I have only been able to go to Open Door a couple of times in the last 14 years since moving to England to be with my wife. I have always cherished the time that we were members there and look back with fondness on the memories with our church family!